clothed in righteousness: thoughts on moral trauma

War is messy. It is a mess of dirt, sweat, blood, gunpowder, rubble, tears, death, and destruction unparalleled by anything else that comes about by the brute force of humanity.…

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on Jesus' baptism

This Sunday, January 12th, the church celebrates the baptism of Christ. This event is recorded in all four Gospels, which clearly points to its importance. Matthew's account is given as…

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on silence

After posting this quote from Bonhoeffer, I couldn't keep it from running around in my mind: We are so afraid of silence that we chase ourselves from one event to…

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exceptionalism and American Christianity's love of war

American Christianity--especially American Evangelicalism--has a love affair with war, guns, 'freedom,' and the military. Christians in America are historically very supportive of our military, our various interventions around the…

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the economics of Christ (link)

justifiedandsinner has some remarkable thoughts on luxury, simplicity, and our idols to ring in the new year. They are hard words to read but ones we must nonetheless take to…

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duck dynasty and drones: a failure of American Christianity

Two high-profile events events occurring within a week of one another demonstrate an utter lack of contemporary American Christianity's ability to grasp the whole of scripture and get beyond the…

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to the lowly, not the exalted

Where reason is indignant, where our nature rebels, where our piety anxiously keeps us away: that is precisely where God loves to be. There he confounds the reason of the…

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mysterious God

Part of the wonder of Advent is meditating on the mystery of our God...or perhaps I should say, our mysterious God. As much as the systematic theologians want to…

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prayer for the Second Sunday in Advent (BoCP)

Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that…

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prayer for the Second Sunday in Advent (LSB)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds;…

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